During their time at school, students experience being part of the buddy program in two different ways. In Foundation they each have a student (Year 5 or 6) to look out for them, work with them and make them feel comfortable in their first year. Years later when those foundation children are Level 5 & 6 students they get to be the mentor for other foundation children. The buddy grades meet regularly and work on a variety of activities including learning the Letterland characters, doing craft activities related to their Integrated Studies units, Maths activities like counting and making board games and writing activities. In the second half of the year a Literacy Support program is run for those foundation children who need a little extra assistance. A select number of Level 5 & 6 children assist in the implementation of this program.
Both the Level 5 & 6 students and the Foundation students gain greatly from the buddy program. The Level 5 & 6 children learn how to teach, assist others in learning, build positive relations and develop that highly important skill of patience. The Foundation students learn to work co-operatively with others, gain confidence in learning, develop their communication skills and social skills and it helps them to feel welcome and relaxed in their first year of school.